Tuesday, March 30, 2010

My Tresors du Jardin March Giveaway! :-)

It is almost the end of March and it means that it is time for another beautiful Giveaway. :-) This time I decided to share with you the gift of every day things that fill our life with beauty and charm. And it is with great pleasure that I offer you a prize from fabulous Gianna Rose Atelier - Atelier that redefined the art of French Soap. I have been buying beautiful french soaps from Gianna Rose Atelier for many years now and it is always a treat to open a beautiful box with amazing French soaps. All you need to do is to live a comment under this post. :-) There will be not one, but two winners this time!
The first winner will receive this beautiful Tresors du Jardin jar filled with the fragrance soaps of the gardenia jasmineodes. It is reminiscent of days spent wondering through the French countryside. It always reminds me of the hats made of paper roses for one of the Chanel Haute Couture Collections. :-)
The second winner will receive this beautiful jar filled with fragrant soap petals that may look and smell like real flower petals, but are actually individual hand soaps. They are magnificent to behold.The winner will be announced next Tuesday. :-) Good luck to all of you! I am wishing all of you wonderful week ahead!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Because Well Behaived Girls (And Hats!) Rarely Make History. The Magic Of Fedora.

I have aways thought of Fedora hat as a hat with too much character. Fedora also happens to be one of my most favorite types of hats to work on in my Atelier. Not only it has a magical ability to transform your personal style, but, more importantly, it brings out the most delicious parts of woman's personality. :-)
Lady who dares to wear Fedora has tremendous sense of chic, has no fear and knows how to carry herself. Did you know that Fedora is usually thought of as "the bad girls hat" ? :-)))
For the fist time term "Fedora" was used as early as 1891. The word "fedora" came from the title of an 1882 play which was written by Victorien Sardou,Fedora. The play was written for the actress named Sara-Marie-Henriette Rosine Bernard .
The play was first performed in the USA in 1889 and according to the scenario Bernhardt played a part of Princess Fedora. During the performance she wore a hat similar to what we now call Fedora hat.
In the beginning of the 20-s century women's fashion underwent tremendous transformation. New century brought with it not only new shapes, new fit and new ideas. It is also liberated women from the necessity to wear uncomfortable corsets, very long' skirts and dresses.
When it came to hats the idea of exchanging elaborately designed hats heavily decorated with roses, lace and bows for simple boaters and fedoras seemed almost revolutionary. Fedora was viewed as an ultimate rebellion.
It became a symbol of women's hunger for alternative not only when it came to choices in clothes, but ultimately in lifestyle too.
Today, in the first decade of 21-st century Fedora made a very powerful comeback and I hope this time Fedora is here to stay. It is one of the most wearble types of hats in the modern world.
After all, I do believe that well behaved girls (and hats!) rarely make History.

Garance Dore
"Girl in Fedora" Photos by Garance Dore

Photo by The Sartorialist

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Little Help, Please. :-)

Coco Chanel once said: " God knows I wanted love...but the moment I had to choose between the man I loved and the dresses, I chose the dresses." It has been a long time dream of mine to add to my wardrobe one of the unique vintage pieces by no other than Christian Dior himself. I am very rarely seduced by vintage clothing , but not when it comes to Dior.
I could only imagine how immensely beautiful it would feel to be able to own and wear extraordinary vintage treasure from the House of Dior. The idea of Dior working on the creation of this piece...oh, I just could let my imagination wonder endlessly!
And so, when I saw this magnificent vintage beaded coat by Dior, I knew that this is exactly what I have envisioned. I have to thank famous couture clothing collector and dealer Mr. Madrigal for taking such a wonderful care of this coat. It arrived last Friday and since then I completely lost my sleep. :-) The coat is beyond anything I could ever imagine in my dreams. Exquisite beading with not a single bead out of place, made in beautiful black silk with silk organdy cuffs and hem. It has been made several decades ago and yet it looks untouched by time...
I would like to ask you, my darling fashionistas, for your input on how would you wear this beautiful coat? What kind of shoes would you wear with it? What would you choose to wear underneath? Makeup, hair? :-))) Your opinion is of a great interest to me.
The coat is what I would call a very strong statement piece, it has so much character to it and I would love to be able to figure out the way to wear it without it being lost among unnecessary details like the wrong bag or shoes. I thank you for all your help in advance and promise to respond to every suggestion. :-)
I wish everyone beautiful week! :-)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Meet The Bond Girl !!!

I have never liked cars. Cars do not inspire me, I've always found them too aggressive and boring . My husband, probably, would be the first to tell you that I am not able to see the difference between Toyota and Maserati. :-))) My inability to appreciate cars to this day fascinates Ray. And so, I have made a decision to abandon the idea of driving the car all together and find a new, more inspiring kind of transportation suitable for me. Perhaps, this beautiful, pink pony ? :-)
Or, maybe, very well behaved feathery Ostrich? :-)))
Or even this magical Unicorn?:-)))
Inspired by the girls on scooters in London and Paris...
By this beautiful photograph of Audrey ...
And numerous pictures of "Girls on scooters" by The Sartorialis...

I am super excited to introduce to you my very own new, beautiful, pink, inspiring, fun and oh, so amazing Scooter. It came yesterday and the minute I saw it in person - it was love from first the very first sight! Isn't she gorgeous?I decided to call her the Bond Girl and even ordered licence plates that will read "BondGirl". :-) I have to thank wonderful Haute World for finally convincing me to make my choice via her phenomenal post on Lanvin February Windows Paris, France .
I am wishing all of you wonderful weekend. I have my girlfriends coming to my house this Saturday for a little "red lipstick" party. I am looking forward to it very much especially since my life lately has been so hectic and so incredibly busy.
I absolutely adore beautiful hats in this Vogue editorial( car aside! :-) ). Every one of them is so delicious!:-)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Time Issue + Exciting News!!!

When I saw this photo I thought to myself that somebody,probably, hid in the bushes while I was passing by and snapped this picture of me running my endless errands! :-)))) I secretly hope it was Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist. :-)Yes! This is exactly how my day looks like! If I could make my hats while running I absolutely would ! :-) I do have very exciting news to share with you:
I am opening a new Atelier of my dreams in a beautiful new location :-). Pictures and details are to come very soon, but right now I am spending my days packing my hats for the big move, managing my construction team and making millions of decisions! Yesterday I decided to wear my "Sweet Memories" hat. I had to order ceiling tile and floor panels from one of the local construction companies. I wish you could see the faces of the rough Irishmen when I walked into the showroom. :-))) They went out of their way to help me, they even brought their only clean chair for me so that I could make my selection comfortably.:-)Perfect gentleman!

I am wishing you week full of joy and excitement. I know that mine will fly by in a blink of an eye!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Thank You Italian Flair! :-) Editorial Hats.

Italian Flair March 2010 Cover
It was so much fun working on three hats requested by Italian Flair Magazine for editorial in March 2010 Issue. :-) This pearl grey beauty was created by me in the shape of the sand dune out of very light charmeuse silk. I have created two more hats in nude and in cream colors, but it was decided not to use them in the editorial. All three hats live in my Atelier now :-) So happy to see one of the hats on this beautiful model!
My Hat In Flair Editorial
It was almost impossible to find Italian Flair in the US and so I turned to gorgeous Rachel of Inspiration in Italy who was so kind and generous to send me scans of the issue. :-))) Thank you, Rachel!!!
In addition, I have received two more photographs of the hats I worked on in London in Stephen Jones Atelier. Both were done for the Rio Fashion Rocks 2009 event. This fabulous cloche was made out of felt with feathers and had a very complecated construction process involved. :-)))
I wrote about the creation of this eclectic feather head piece at length here (if you did not read it yet, do so!) :-) I just think this model has an amazing butt - to die for! This picture inspired me to sign for spinning classes :-)
Drawing By Nuno DaCosta
I am wishing you all wonderful weekend :-) . It is going to rain all weekend long in New York and I am looking forward to spending quite time working on few unfinished projects, going to the movies with my little Anastasia, backing a cherry pie and doing some Spring shopping too. :-)